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Oklahoma football: Five questions the Sooners face heading into spring practice

Oklahoman Published: March 2, 2014

3. How will Trevor Knight handle his newfound fame?

Knight became an overnight superstar after leading the Sooners to their impressive Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. With some guys, there might be legitimate concerns about how they might handle such sudden, overwhelming fame, but Knight has done nothing to make anyone believe he’s one of them. The affable, approachable Knight seems perfectly comfortable being the face of Oklahoma’s football program.

4. How will former quarterback Blake Bell adapt to his new position?

No one would’ve blamed Bell if he had decided to follow Kendal Thompson out the door and transfer, but the two-time Bedlam hero chose to remain a Sooner and switch positions. All indications are that Bell has looked pretty good catching the ball during voluntary workouts the past several weeks. But how will that translate to the game field? And perhaps the most important question remains: Can he block?

5. How will backup quarterback Cody Thomas manage his two-sport spring?

With Thompson’s transfer and Bell’s position change, Thomas, a redshirt freshman, becomes Oklahoma’s second-team quarterback. Thomas is also playing baseball this spring. That might not be as big a deal if he was the third-stringer, but the balancing act becomes much more difficult as Knight’s primary backup. True freshman Justice Hansen, an early enrollee from Edmond Santa Fe, might benefit most from Thomas’ dual commitments this spring.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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